Morale and Motivation-How Do I Inspire Others?

In visiting with many people over the past several weeks, the same questions keep making their way to the conversation:

  • How do I improve morale after layoffs have occurred in the office
  • How do I motivate an individual or my team given all that's happening with this economy?
  • Any ideas on becoming a better parent to my kids or better spouse to my wife/husband?

I've looked.  I've researched.  I've tried to find articles from Harvard Business Review.  I have Googled 'morale' as well as searched in a couple of books. 

Yet I seemed to come up empty every time.  I could not find answers to the questions that continue to plague my friends and me, if I'm being honest.  And then I remembered another source that has proven to be faithful over my lifetime. 

The Bible.

"Do for others what you want them to do for you."

That's it. That's the simple answer to morale building and motivating your troops, your family, and others. This Bible verse is included in some form or another in every religion or spiritual book ever written. I wonder why?

Challenge: Take a moment and think of all the people you interact with on a weekly or daily basis. Ask yourself these questions as you think of each person:  What is this person's dreams? What do they really need from me right now? What would I want if I were in this person's shoes? (By the way, I heard to truly understand a person you have to walk a mile in their shoes. If you still don't understand them at least you're a mile away and have their shoes!) 

Most of us just  want you to take the time to fully focus. Quit doing what you're doing and look at me. I'm a human being just like you who needs personal attention. Pay attention with your ears, your eyes and the posture of your body. Pay attention to me emotionally and intellectually, with your head and your heart. Care for me.  Right now. You don't have to agree or disagree, but pay attention and treat me with the kindness and respect I deserve. Tell me you appreciate my efforts. Thank me.  Leave me gifts I didn't have before we interacted:  respect, esteem, appreciation, and encouragement.

I promise if you will live out the rest of this week with actions that depict the Golden Rule, you will inspire others. Look for Golden Rule moments in others as you see them work, interact with others, and the way they care for their children.  When someone opens the door for you, when the teller at the bank greets you with a smile or when the person who changes your oil provides great customer serivce, acknowledge their actions and watch morale sky rocket.

Do for others what you would like for them to do for you. 


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Morale and Motivation-How Do I Inspire Others?